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Related to neotony: pedomorphism, paedomorphism
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Noun1.neotony - the state resulting when juvenile characteristics are retained by the adults of a species
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
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Among their topics are Lolita fandom as sacred criminality in the novels of Takemoto Novala, manga in transformation and its dysfunctional discourse, neotony and the politics of life, the sacrificial economy of cuteness in Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space, and the transformation of semantics in the history of Japanese subcultures since 1992.
Agreed it's not neotony 'the retention in adults of juvenile characteristics.
Behavioral scientists have suggested that in some species, parental care is inspired by neotony -- the retention of immature features by juveniles.